Gennady Golovkin’s wife has just given birth to the couple’s second child, a baby girl, but Golovkin won’t let that distract him from the task at hand — a showdown with Canelo Alvarez this weekend.
Golovkin’s team knew that the baby was expected to be born around fight time, and trainer Abel Sanchez asked Golovkin how he would like to manage things once the time came.
"I asked him about this a couple of weeks ago," Sanchez told ESPN on Sunday afternoon at Dodgers Stadium, where Golovkin, promoting the fight, threw out the ceremonial first pitch for the Rockies-Dodgers game. "He said, 'Coach, we have a fighting coming up. The baby's gonna be here whether I'm there or not. We have a fight coming up and we're gonna concentrate on the fight.'"
When pressed on the issue Golovkin remained adamant that he would deal with his new blessing after the Canelo fight was over, stating that he will be a different man come Sunday, and at that time he’d be more than willing to talk about his family.
"Boxing is my business. I'm a professional athlete. I have to give 100 percent attention to my boxing. It's a very dangerous sport. I understand this," Golovkin said. "I like my life, my family (but) I can't relax (until after the fight) because (boxing) is too dangerous."
So when Golovkin’s wife called him to say that she was going into labor and heading to the hospital, Sanchez told Golovkin to go be with his family. Golovkin declined, however, instead insisting that they needed to get a day of training underway. That training session finished up around 4pm that day, just around the time his daughter was born, and Golovkin would have the opportunity to see his wife and daughter later that evening.
As promoter Tom Loeffler explains it, Golovkin just has an uncanny ability to compartmentalize things, so he’s able to remain completely focused on the fight of his life even as another life-changing event is underway.